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the stories this week. the death of another russian told. us. the hunger strikes in the west by the death of israeli jails further fuels week long protests against the plight of palestinian prisoners. and italian parliament in one of the most unpredictable votes in the country's history with. or a breakthrough by a former comedian. must thank you for joining us today on. the weekly with the top stories of the week for
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you. it's been revealed this week that another russian child died off to being adopted by an american family the twentieth death since the mid ninety's the news the three year old. was found dead at the home of a texas couple has caused. the boy's adoptive mother claims it was an accident but there are suspicions maxime could have been abused and killed. points. twenty russian children in the last seventeen years died in their adoptive american families most recently here in texas mark seemed was me and known to locals as max shadow just what i heard on the news. just that kid had some scratches. that's all i know three year old mark and his younger brother keel lived in this house with their adoptive parents in a rather secluded neighborhood it was from here that on the afternoon of january
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twenty first the boy was taken away by an ambulance never to come back his legs had an internal organs were allegedly severely bruised. it could mean could if this is confirmed as a result of the investigation that maxime's death was a result of certain violent actions but specific circumstances of his death have yet to be announced i can't get into that because it would be speculative. for the results to the russian officials had no knowledge of the incident until almost a month after the boy's death it wasn't a little bit later that we started getting some suspicions of what was going on and that all developed from talking to the parents the people that live there they just took a little more time moscow says this is far from the first time it has been left in the dark about an adopted child stuff. even unfortunately it's usually months after a russian child has died in the u.s. that the american side informs us about it and one case it was five years after a boy died. a probe is now being conducted in texas and russia has an ongoing
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investigation of its own. if as a result of the investigation it is determined that maksim was killed by his mother for example if this is the conclusion of the investigation naturally those responsible for the death of the russian boy will have to suffer the most severe punishment meanwhile at the u.s. state department we obviously take very seriously the welfare of children particularly children who've been adopted from other countries according to moscow a little cooperation. shown until it was demanded. or we're going to. come up with almost two dozen deaths caused by abuse and even manslaughter russia in a move often criticised recently imposed a ban on american adoption of its kids i've always believed that russia should stop these adoptions and i hope that they maintain this ban and don't yield to pressure autopsy an investigation results are expected to take weeks if not months to be
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announced no arrests have yet been made the dead boy's younger brother's destiny is yet to be determined for now he continues living in the adoptive family where his brother died while the investigation is slow paced and the alleged information on the little boy's life and death extremely scarce one of the questions that demand an answer is why should it take a rigid push from abroad for the us to pay attention to yet another tragic destiny of a hopeless child to whom it promised a better life on its soil. r.t. after county texas. and meals who given from pound a puppy legacy that's a group that monitors children being placed in new families he says the case highlights some pretty major shortcomings within the u.s. adoptive system. the united states has a very complex adoption system where the state department has federal responsibilities which it can't properly executed because adoption itself is
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performed at the state level in america the federal government has no control over who will actually happens in you know the options you need to have a proper system in place that checks. adoptive parents much better before the adoption which has post option monitoring all that is not really in place there is screening but it's not properly done post adoption monitoring is impossible. especially in america it is impossible because a right to privacy. in the treatment of russian orphans by their adoptive u.s. families and the subsequent russian adoption ban against the u.s. certainly having sparked a fierce debate at r.t. dot com you'll find more stories from all sides and there you can get involved and leave your comments there as well. tensions are escalating in the west bank where the death of a palestinian in an israeli jail has triggered
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a fresh wave of violence thousands of palestinian prisoners are already refusing food in a show of solidarity with the dead man or dozens of protesting palestinian youths of interior gassed by israeli soldiers the israeli side says the prisoner died of a heart attack but palestinians incest he was tortured during interrogation his death is further anger the palestinians who have already been rallying for a week against the conditions in israeli prisons and in support of long term hunger strikers at the protests repeatedly ended in fierce clashes with israeli soldiers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds. while other prisoner issue wasn't the only one causing divisions between the two sides this week more clashes erupted when jewish settlers attacked palestinian demonstrators in the north of the west bank shooting too as is policy a report so there could be no end to this confrontation as long as israel continues
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building on land considered to be palestinian. it's rugged unremarkable landscape largely empty but full of meaning this is one of the west bank's most sensitive pieces of real estate for fourteen years plans to build here have existed but were kept on hold but all of that changed last november less than twenty four hours after the u.n. general assembly recognize palestine is a nonmember observer state tel aviv fast track to construction plans here prompting the palestinian government to call it a slap in the face of the entire world. this plan to build here is not legal according to international law which states that when one country argue buys another change facts on the ground of israel is doing exactly that while also getting people out of their lands soley for the benefit of the settlers. known as the one this controversial patch of earth exists between east jerusalem where palestinians aspire to establish the capital of a future palestinian state and the huge israeli settlement of mali are. it is the
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last remaining corridor or between the large palestinian cities in the west bank and have plans go ahead in the israelis extend this area it would cut into a big chunk of the west bank effectively driving a wedge into the middle of any potential palestinian state critics have warned that filling the space with jewish homes amounts to a doomsday scenario effectively striking a fatal heart attack to the two state solution but for now the plan is to build a garbage dump in this valley with the waste that comes from jerusalem and then in about twenty to thirty years when it's full to build a park on top of us here you can see that palestinians fear it's part of a long term strategy to extend the one and build new israeli settlements it's not surprising this is not the first time that such a plan is submitted it is a ongoing policy that has been growing for years now in at them to grab
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palestinian lands but first the israelis need to get rid of the people who live here among them around three arab jerusalem neighborhoods and one hundred fifty bedouins for whom this has been home for nearly half a century tel aviv complains the bedwyn camps were set up eagerly without permits and stand in the way of urban planning but critics say this is just an excuse for a land grab it makes me furious this dump site is going to harm the environment and it's going to harm the health of the people and they make it harder and harder to find a solution for the situation demolition orders have already been issued threatening to destroy the last remnants of bedwyn life in these hills and while israeli officials say the construction anyone if it happens at all is many years away it cuts to the heart of the israeli palestinian conflict which fundamentally is about the land and the fate of the people who live on it policy r t in the west bank. closely following developments in the west bank. you can.
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to mediocre for your media project free media oh don hardy dot com. this twenty five fifteen pm here in the russian capital this is artsy on the weekly with me showing syrian rebels have received a new batch of heavy weaponry from outside sponsors across the jordanian border it's a fight president assad this is according to our about under rebel officials it comes as a fledgling efforts to promote peace talks in the syrian conflict appear to have stold the main opposition group syria's national coalition announced it's pulling out of upcoming international talks aimed at helping to end the bloodshed but for the group will skip shadrack meetings in russia and the u.s. over what it sees as a lack of international condemnation of the assad government though it's also about a boy called a gathering of the friends of syria alliance which consists of the rebels foreign
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backers a syrian a pro forma activist i'm out of work coffee says the western powers could be losing their influence over the opposition and the rebels are just not interested in negotiations. and they do not want to have any dialogue with the syrian government because all this strategy is based in a sense on the syrian government falling and them coming as a substitute they do not have a lot of all forty on the ground the also the east for the rebels rather than the political elite that are called the national council of the national commission so all they are interested in is for the government to form they know that the western society the list and countries have invested a lot in them both in money and time and so on in oregon. ising them and they think that they could probably make a stand here with regards to what they see policy this is a bit funny because now if he choose to get out of this sort of international
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friends of syria meeting then the western communities really would have no leverage whatsoever in the syrian crisis. meanwhile the u.k. is set on boosting support for the syrian rebels london has failed to persuade its partners to lift the arms embargo but could provide what it calls technical assistance instead this comes against the backdrop of revelations earlier this week of how britain has been selling weapons to sri lanka and is looking to boost sales to libya both countries are listed as quote of concern regarding their human rights records by the foreign office and he will campaign jim brown says it's u.k. arms sales that's increasingly causing global concern. this whole idea that britain abides by human rights criteria in arms exports simply doesn't make sense and generally should be discounted the trade is a very hard. profitable geo politically important business and that
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the business which anything gauged in general and in. particular there's a combination of factors profit is clearly one but also the geopolitical implications if you don't like a regime you don't generally sell arms to them and if you want to bolster them you do and that really has nothing if you look at the record that has nothing to do with human rights position. so you find for example large maximum sales to the middle east to country like for example saudi arabia that has no pretense of elections like the lone human rights nor this and that is par for the course that's not an exception that is the rule. let's shift gears and turn our attention now to egypt with as for the turmoil there the government struggling to contain street violence president mohamed morsi has brought forward parliamentary elections to april twenty second is the opposition leader is calling for a boycott of the vote
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a protest now been going on for weeks with the opposition accusing the president of hijacking the revolution and backtracking on promises as artie's bill true or false the unrest as are often been accompanied by claims of widespread police abuse and torture. in his hometown of tanta the bill i'll give the point south where local youth have renamed a street after his son mohammed a twenty eight year old activist allegedly tortured to death by security forces two weeks ago after protesting on a hurry square. on the first time i went to see mohammed in hospital i didn't recognize him seriously his race was covered with his skull fractured when i asked the doctors they told me this is mohamed odeh i know that one would be although mohammed's injuries points to torture his mother sammy says the official forensic report maintains he died after a car crash yet to be about the south in what vehicle brakes teeth is there
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a car that stamps on a person with a shoe shattering the glasses and pushing them into his eyes what car only injures a person's head but not their legs yeah. right now egypt is witnessing unprecedented levels of police violence against protesters rights groups reporting with at least ten x. a judicial killings by security forces since president mohamed morsi to power the west divide it's often a cause in places like this infamous security directorate behind me which can be big for mohammed's own balcony however the most worrying trend activists say is the targeting of children in an impoverished district of alexandria explains how her thirteen year old son up to rahman was detained for over two weeks for being a bystander i thought demonstration. the police use violence against children my son has caused some of the loses all over his body as a hound's young children because kids come from away from them or. if anyone cries
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to contact their family or friends they would beat us. despite scenes like these the interior minister denies security forces used violence against protesters and refutes that torture is systemic in the police force instead the government says it will arm low ranking police officers sparking fears of further abuse is back during egypt's revolution a key demand was police reform but people here say there is no evidence of that until there is crowds of thousands continue to push for change though many fear the worst is yet to come true for artsy cairo. and into the outer world of the ego now starting with at least one person has been killed and six in a series of explosions across eastern afghanistan a car bomb went off near the national directorate of security building followed by
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two suicide blasts targeting police headquarters and the security checkpoint in the province the taliban has already claimed responsibility one would be suicide bomber was also killed in the country's capital and he tried to enter an area housing internal security offices. pope benedict has delivered a final blessing before his resignation to thousands of people gathered at some peter's square in vatican city he announced he would step down earlier this month becoming the first pontiff to do so in nearly six hundred years. citing health reasons the critics of the catholic church of clay in the move could be a result of brewing sex and corruption scandals. have a look at this massive power of the nascar rally in the united states is left thirty three people in the crowd injured at least two of them critically and they were hit by debris that was launched into the stands the accident happened on the last lap of the florida racecourses drivers total towards the checkered flag it was
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caused by the race leader turning sideways at high speed and the chasing pack smashing into his car. you can find out more about the crash in daytona along with other news where the world of sport in the next twenty four hours every monday on our city. knives knuckle dusters and even firearms are the tools of the trade for many an average criminal but these items are also increasingly being found in the back packs of more and more pupils across britain and the violence of schools seeing a sharp rise of the center for the reports on how the problem is being dealt with. teaches that certain things you probably end up in a dead end job or in prison you'll be lucky to be alive when you're sixteen. you know our parent is gone our courage is now for no for the teaching going to say anything about a stark insight into the reality facing some christian school children despite having one of the best education systems in the world the latest research estimates
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that up to four peoples a day a court with weapons in british schools guns knives and knuckle dusters just some of the items confiscated by police are members always searching the school and. gone to the school. and i see this first gun about to fire or schools are supposed to be a safe secure environment where the focus is on education the thing as it were built hundreds of weapons are being seized in schools every year with a number of violent incidents on the rise the reality for many schools across the bay is that your classmate can quickly become your enemy and the school playground can be a dangerous place it becomes normal to you and you you get sucked into this last thing to violence is the best approach. is it's just
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waking up in the morning and going for run yeah after a while it becomes normal to you stephen is now working with us charity x l p set out in nine hundred ninety six after school stabbing found apache gregan has been helping young people tackle gun culture and violence to a member a kid coming up to me when a bullet proof vest underneath his school uniform he said i'll be dead by first according to patrick it's early intervention which is key prison is forty thousand pounds a year a young person's secure unit is one hundred sixty five thousand pounds a year a murder can be a million pounds a year to investigate. so actually you know if we intervene early keep kids in education keep that sense of a safe place an environment where they can grow and flourish the problem of violence in schools is nothing new one that it's not something you're likely to read about in a school prospectus and it's particularly a keats in the country's deprived in
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a city for schools on the whole do not want the public to know that they have a problem with children bringing weapons onto the premises so they do not resume give the information so i guess the problem is significant or they teach kids can now say it's people as if they suspect that carrying a weapon many theel politicians is still failing to sit up and take notice and until more it's done to address the problem the children who attend these schools will continue to learn these lessons entirely. and after a very short break here on out see an in-depth look at a rebel militants in the delta back together in the face of government corruption this is all.
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